Feb 23: Commemoration Queen’s Own Rifles
On Sunday, February 23, a memorial service was held at the Canadian War Cemetery at Groesbeek, the Zevenheuvelenweg. Every year the fallen of The Queens Own Rifles of Canada are being commemorated here. Young men who died for our freedom.
After having lunch in Kranenburg, the party moved to the farm called the “Mooshof” in Kepeln at Uedem (Germany), where a memorial service was held also.
At this farm a plaque is mounted on which one can read how Sgt Cosens has cleared this heavily defended place on his own on the last remaining tank. After this Action Sgt Cosens was slain by a German sniper. For this action Sgt Aubry Cosens of the Queen’s Own Rifles received the Victoria Cross. A total of 23 soldiers from the QOR were killed. They are buried at the Canadian War Cemetery at Groesbeek.
It was this year, in contrast to last year, a nice and beautiful spring weather. The commemoration was organized by the re-anactment group of the Queen’s Own Rifles. There were many interested parties present. This includes seven members of RCL Branch 005. The President of the Branch placed a cross at the grave of Sgt Aubry Cosens.